Teaching Nearly Killed Me; Instructional Design Saved Me

 I was a middle school teacher for almost 10 years and loved almost every second of it. My favorite parts about teaching were building fun and engaging lessons (ones that I just knew the kids were going to love), bringing the lessons to life and connecting with my students. My classroom was fun. My reputation and my team's reputation preceded me within the school district. I was asked many times over to help with one initiative after another, especially when it came to technology in the classroom. I would also present to my colleagues at workshops and district conferences. I used to think to myself, I found my calling. I was quite content and had no plans to be anything else except a teacher until I couldn't do it anymore. It wasn't until year eight of my career that I began to notice it; the tightness in my chest, rapid heartbeat, and frequent headaches. The symptoms came on more frequently this particular year as the group of students was more difficult to manage than...

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Become an IDOL 02: Create Courses that Drive Behavior Change

Published: April 1, 2019

Episode: 02

Creating Courses that Drive Behavior Change

Guests: Richard Fleming and Austin Welch, Co-Owners of Sage Media and Sage Academy

In this episode of Become an IDOL, I’ll be chatting with Richard Fleming and Austin Welch about their expertise in changing behaviors. You'll get a peek inside the minds of two guys who are serious about creating training that inspires real action in the learners. This episode is a treat for newbies who want to understand the fundamental purpose of training and for veterans who want to get more ideas about changing behaviors. 

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The principles of getting someone to change his/her behavior.
  • The importance of creating behavior change in instructional design.
  • Why so many...
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Become an IDOL 01: Learn how to transition from secondary school teaching to an instructional designer and online learning developer

Published: March 20, 2019

Episode: 01

Learn how to transition from secondary school teaching to an instructional designer and online learning developer

Guest: Maddie Rotrand, Owner of NifteLearning

In this episode of Become an IDOL, I’ll be chatting with Maddie Rotrand about her experience transitioning from secondary education to instructional design and eLearning development. We’ll be sharing tips for switching careers and landing your first job.

If you are a new listener to Become an IDOL, we would love to hear from you.  Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The best way to break into the instructional design field as a secondary school teacher
  • If you need a certification or another degree to become a corporate instructional designer or eLearning developer
  • Tips on job assets you need to land your first job
  • What hiring managers are looking for in an IDOL

 

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